Perhaps you’ve never heard of windshield pitting, but it’s actually a common problem and a potential driving hazard. So, what exactly is windshield pitting? Stated simply, it’s the damage gradually done by dust, dirt, sand, and other debris hitting your windshield at high speed. Windshield pitting is a particular problem in desert regions and dry, dusty areas of the country and also in colder climates where salt and sand are used on roads during severe winter weather.
The Effects of Windshield Pitting
There are several effects and dangers associated with windshield pitting.
- Temporary blindness and serious accidents – Over time, air and road debris becomes embedded in your windshield, creating craters. When light hits these craters at an oblique angle, a driver can be temporarily blinded, a situation that could lead to a serious accident.
- A weakened windshield – Because of the accumulated damage, the structural integrity of the windshield can be compromised, and a weakened windshield is a potential safety hazard.
- Damaged wiper blades – Your wiper blades moving over pitted glass are easily damaged and become far less effective in cleaning your windshield, creating a potential driving hazard. And frequent replacement of damaged, worn-out wiper blades means hard earned money out of your pocket!
Repairing a Pitted Windshield
Unfortunately, there is no safe, reliable “quick fix” for a badly pitted windshield. Yes, some glass shops offer to repair the pits in your windshield with a special filler compound, but the end result of this type of restoration is uneven at best. And neither the Society of Automotive Engineers nor the National Glass Association endorses this process.
In the end, by far the best solution for a badly pitted windshield is replacement, and replacement service is what we recommend and provide at Frank’s Auto Glass. Our expert technicians can provide windshield and window repairs for chips and cracks, but for a badly pitted windshield, replacement is the way to go.
You don’t have time to bring your vehicle to our shop? That’s no problem as we’ll come to you and provide the very best mobile auto glass repair in the Chicago area, along with our great customer service. And if your budget is a bit strained at the moment, that’s no problem either. At Franks, we maintain a great inventory of excellent used glass that won’t break your budget.
Please, don’t take chances driving with a badly pitted windshield. For windshield repair or replacement, come see us at Franks. Or call us and we’ll come to you in Chicago, IL with our superb, highly recommended mobile auto glass services. Either way, that pitted windshield will be a thing of the past, and the road ahead will be crystal clear!